When you meet Andrea Wirsching, you immediately feel like you have known her for ever. The 54-year old historian has a real zest for life. Straightaway, the conversation turns to putting the world to rights – but eventually we get onto the subject of wine. Wine has always been part of Andrea Wirsching’s life. She was brought up on her parents’ vineyard, and helped out there as a young girl, both during the harvest and in selling the wine. Her father, Dr Heinrich Wirsching, a cautious and circumspect vineyard owner and visionary, turned the vineyard into one of the leading producers of Silvaner in Franconia. Andrea Wirsching has managed the vineyard, which covers an area of 90 hectares, for the past year. “For generations, our family has overseen a wonderful cultural asset: Franconian wine,” says Managing Director Andrea Wirsching. “We don’t compromise when it comes to quantity, and reduce it if necessary. Alongside hand picking, we also select by taking photos. For us, healthy grapes determine the quality of the wine. If you have a healthy raw product, nothing much should wrong in the cellar,” says the vintner, with a smile.